Thunderstorms, possible tornadoes forecast for the weekend on the Mississippi Coast

Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast this weekend in South Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.
Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast this weekend in South Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.

The National Weather Service issued a dismal weather forecast for the Mississippi Coast this weekend, with a forecast of strong to severe thunderstorms and high, damaging winds.

The bad weather could begin late Friday night, but is mainly expected on Saturday, said Rupert Lacy, Harrison County Emergency Management director.

The forecast comes in advance of a busy weekend on the Coast. Tens of thousands of visitors are expected to gather for Black Spring Break. Biloxi Black Beach Weekend has booked the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for numerous activities, including a Twerk Fest and a car show. And Lil Wayne will headline a concert at the Coliseum.

There's the possibility of tornadoes and wind gusts of up to 65 mph.

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A 20 percent chance of showers is forecast for Friday, with a slight chance of thunderstorms Friday night, the weather service says.

The latest available forecast shows the chance of rain Saturday is 70 to 100 percent, with possible thunderstorms. There's a 90 percent chance of rain Saturday night, with thunderstorms likely. Sunny weather is forecast for Sunday.

Temperatures are expected to reach 77 on Friday and drop to 73 overnight. The high on Saturday is expected to be 75, with an overnight low of 52, according to the weather service. Sunday's high is expected to be 64 degrees, with an overnight low of 46.

Heavy rainfall is expected to dump 2 to 4 inches of rain, Lacy said. The heavy rain may lead to flash flooding on streets and in low-lying areas, he said.

Lacy said the wind gusts could down trees and power lines or cause structural damages.

The forecast covers all of South Mississippi and southeast Louisiana.

Robin Fitzgerald, 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews